The Sunday Currently | 1

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Here is an attempt at something. I’ve come across The Sunday Currently over on Carina’s site and I thought I could give it a try. Trying doesn’t hurt… Sometimes… Right?

Reading
I’m currently reading John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids. My husband recommended it to me saying it’s a good read. It’s one of those stories which pisses you off yet you can’t put it down at the same time. You have no idea how many times I wanted to throw this book across the room to a wall to help make me feel better.

Writing
NOTHING. Absolutely nothing.

Listening 
My daughter and I have been playing Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do since it came out.

Smelling
Today, it’s the lingering smell of Lucky Me Pancit Canton seasoning in the air. I had it for breakfast. I miss Filipino food most days.

Wishing
More energy. I have been feeling extremely exhausted the past few weeks.

Hoping
I get everything I needed to do done in such short time. Both at home, and work.

Wearing
The most comfortable outfit I own: an oversized red sweater, and my husband’s old college sweatpants. Sundays = comfort over style. Unless we need to go out, or if I have to work.

Loving
Loving how close we are to fall season.

Needing
I need more time to myself. Yes that does sound a bit selfish. However, I believe giving myself enough attention will help me be a better mom, and a better employee. I need to learn how to balance everything in my life.

Feeling
I’m feeling nervous and excited. My baby girl will start pre-school in 2 weeks. Part of me is happy that she get to start a different chapter in her life, while another part of me is a bit sad at the fact my baby is growing up so fast.

 

The Sunday Currently originally by Sidda Thornton.

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Colourpop Haul

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Oh makeup hauls, how I missed you. I have not been very proactive in documenting my makeup hauls for the past few months because I have not been wearing makeup as much. For a while now, most of my purchases were repurchases of my holy grail products and I have no issues with that. I just wish my job would allow me to wear make up again. If you don’t know already, I work in a restaurant where most of my shifts are kitchen shifts. As much as I can actually wear makeup still, I simply find it useless knowing it will melt off of my face because of 2 things: 1) the oil from my skin; 2) the heat from all of our cooking equipment. Setting sprays can’t even do anything to prevent it. So whenever I get a front counter shift, I put a full face of make up on. You just got to do what you got to do sometimes.

Anway, about a few weeks ago, Colourpop did a free shipping on international orders above $30 (or maybe $35). This came at the perfect time because I can finally try new releases I have been eyeing for a while.

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The first ones I immediately added to my list are their pressed powder eyeshadows. I thought about getting a pre-made palette, but  went with individual pans instead when I realized every palette I looked at only have one or two shades I would use regularly.

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From top to bottom: Take It Slow, Side Tracked, Stay Golden, and Ego.

The formula on these are great, and each shade I ordered felt very smooth when I swatched them. The pigmentation and staying power on these powder eyeshadows are amazing. I have only worn them twice but they stayed put on my full work shift. Also if you’re wondering, the eyeshadow pans fit in a mac palette. I have one just laying around unused so I decided to put these in it.

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These Blotted Lips caught my attention around Coachella season when Colourpop pretty much have them all over their instagram stories. It’s a lipstick which pigmentation resembles that of a blotted lipstick (I hope that made sense, LOL). Of all the shades they offered, Lexi and Lolly were the ones I liked the most. I have not work them enough to form any proper conclusion about them, but I once I have I will definitely let you know what I think of them.

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Left to right: Getting Handsy (blush), Padded Down (highlight).

Lastly, I purchased Colourpop’s Pressed Powder Face Duo in Double Play. This product provides you with a blush and highlight in one palette. I find Getting Handsy to be the perfect nude matte blush for me. I applied this like how I would apply bronzer to “add colour back to my face” after applying foundation and it did exactly that. I was impressed at how close to my natural skin tone this shade is.

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Top to bottom: Face Duo: Padded Down, Getting Handsy. Blotted Lips: Lolly, Lexi.

Padded Down on the other hand I wasn’t too impressed with. As you can see from the image above, it barely showed up on my skin tone (finger swatched on arm), and I’m not that fair skinned. In addition to that using a brush didn’t help its case. It applied chunky and patchy which was disappointing. I might need to scratch off the top most layer to see if make a difference and I will get back to you on that. 🙂

Have you recently shopped from Colourpop? If so, what did you get? And do you have any recommendations for me to try? 🙂

 

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The Most Important Tip When Starting A Bullet Journal

First, what is a bullet journal / bullet journaling? I will reference to a video Ryder Carroll posted a few years ago as it would better explain what this whole system is.

In addition to everything you just watched, it could also double as a journal where in you write down things which happened on a particular day, week or month. I don’t know about you, but this has been the simplest task listing and/or note-taking method I have ever come across.

When I decided to try this particular system, it quickly got very intimidating. Here’s the thing about me, I can be a little hard on myself making sure everything is just perfect. I needed uniformity before I even started writing anything on my notebook of choice for this endeavour. I bought a moleskine, a nice pen to write with, and I spent a good amount of time browsing Instagram.

I spent a lot of time looking at different layouts at Instagram. There were colourful ones, and colour coordinated ones. There were bullet journals with fancy handwritten headers written with fancy pens I wouldn’t be able to afford. There were those which cleverly used washi tapes: from marking the calendar, to aid in adhering pictures. I knew from the beginning I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the colourful layouts and designs so I started browsing minimalist layouts I could try. This didn’t help either because of how clean and organized they looked. I mean, how come no one have erasures on their pages?

But then I saw this video circling Facebook and it’s the best thing I have seen which will cater to those who wanted to try bullet journaling who: a) don’t know where to start; or b) is simply intimidated of the possible messy state their journal will end up at.

The most important thing to remember is to not overthink it. It’s ok if nothing’s color coordinated. It’s ok it’s messy. It’s ok if it doesn’t look like what’s on Instagram. What matters is whatever layout, decoration, or colours you have on your bullet journal works for you and how you use your journal.

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Ballerina: Talent Needs Passion

I took my daughter to see Ballerina last Tuesday. When you have a toddler who is pretty unpredictable on certain things, movies in particular, Toonie Tuesdays is the way to go. $2 doesn’t sound pretty bad if your kids decide they don’t like the movie and wants to leave. Atleast that is what I think.

Ballerina was cute. It wasn’t bad… It was just… CUTE.

Ballerina is about Felicie, who stole another dancer’s identity, in order to attend a ballet school in Paris. What I got out of watching this movie is sometimes talent is not enough. One needs the passion to keep going forward. To make things happen. Granted what Felicie did was wrong but she kept dancing. It was entertaining to watch. However there are a few things I had a problem on.

First, why did they even try to put a little love story there between Victor and Felicie? Can’t a boy and girl be friends? Best friends even and just stay at that? Why is it when there’s a story line where two best friends are of the opposite gender an almost-relationship always pop up?

Second, Odette. Freaking Odette. “But there was a fire…” Why did they not elaborate on this? What happened on that fire? Did she trip and broke a body part? Did something fell on her legs? Did she accidentally start the fire? Odette was the person behind Felicie in all this, taking care of her and giving her proper training. Yet her life was not given any screen time in this movie.

Overall, it was fun and easy to watch. Regardless of the things I didn’t like, I will probably end up watching this again.

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